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57% of world GDP comes from emerging markets. 87% of the world’s population lives in emerging markets. 80% of the world’s smartphones will be in emerging markets by 2020.

What does this all mean?

Opportunity.

Join us for the Seedstars Summit 2017 on April 6 and watch 70+ startups from the fast growing startup hubs around the world compete for equity investment of up to $1,000,000. Not only will you meet the best entrepreneurs from 65+ countries, you will also connect with investors, government officials, corporate innovators and CEOs from Africa, Asia, LATAM, CEE and the MENA region.

Get ready for breakout sessions, panel discussions and specialized workshops on fintech, edtech, digital health, agritech, IoT, hardware, social networking, clean tech – and much more.

 

 

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Interview with Co-Founder of Madrid Startup House, a Startup Europe initiative, in El Economista

Victor Teodosio, Co-founder and Director of Madrid Startup House, was recently interviewed by the Spanish magazine El Economista for their SME magazine.

Madrid Startup House is an initiative of Startup Europe which aims to bring a homogenous structure to the Madrid startup ecosystem and help it become an internationally recognised digi-tech and startup-friendly city. It is a pilot project which will soon be developed in other cities in Europe, to create homogenous structures in each hub so that they may work, collaborate and easily share information. The initiative aims to help cities adapt further to the Digital Single Market, one of the main priorities of the European Commission.

The interview with Victor Teodosio can be found on pages 4-6.

The magazine also features an interview with Isidro Laso, Head of the Startup Europe initiative, pages 8-10.

You can read the interview in Spanish here.

 

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Take part in the Correos open call!

Correos is launching the first call of the CorreosLabs with the “Lehnica Challenge” aimed to develop professional projects which contribute to innovative products or services within a framework.

Correos is implementing several initiatives aimed at exploring new business lines while at the same time modernizing and improving the services it already provides.

One of these initiatives is CorreosLabs, a space created to develop entrepreneurial talent and establish a co‐working environment, where knowledge can be exchanged and ideas, concerns and opinions shared with like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals from different industries to build new, long-lasting business connections.

In its initial stage of new business, there is a greater willingness to adopt and develop new ideas that in turn, encourage collaboration among different players, thus allowing outcomes with a greater degree of innovation to be obtained.

Correos is launching the first call of the CorreosLabs “Lehnica Challenge” with these rules in mind.

Candidates:

The “Lehnica Challenge” is aimed at entrepreneurs: incorporated companies and self‐employed professionals which have been in business for three years at most.

Both companies and self‐employed professionals shall have their registered or professional office in Spain.

The solutions we are looking for:

Five innovative business projects will be selected from the following themes:

Logistics – projects that improve environmental logistics such as, traceability, new delivery models, urban logistics, circular economy, energy efficiency, new route models, dynamic deliveries, drones, autonomous vehicles.

Society – projects that improve the quality of life for people in cities and rural areas, for example, e-health, smarter cities, collaborative economy, new production models.

Digitization – digital projects that are based on emerging technologies that allow the transformation of traditional businesses, such as: payments, blockchain, digital identity, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and virtual reality.

Correos’ Contribution per Project:

  • A contribution of up to €30,000 will be given to each project selected.
  • A one year acceleration programme will be offered to the selected projects and entrepreneurs to drive forward and validate their proposed business models.
  • Access to the following resources during the acceleration programme:
    • Space in a Correos building in Madrid (CorreosLabs) with the facilities and technology to develop projects in a co‐working environment.
    • Coaching and mentoring opportunities for the projects selected.

      To apply, visit this website: http://bit.ly/2mpjjqt

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Madrid Startup House Foundation presented with VP of Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip

  • The Madrid Startup House Foundation was created to boost Madrid into an internationally recognised Digi-Tech and Startup-Friendly city

  • It began under the umbrella of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, as a pilot project soon to be developed in other cities

  • MSH was presented on 6 March 2017 with Vice-President of the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip

On 6 March 2017, Madrid’s startup community gathered with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the Digital Single Market, for the presentation of the Madrid Startup House Foundation.

Throughout the meeting, the role that Madrid Startup House Foundation will play in overcoming the challenge of adapting to the Digital Single Market was discussed. The Digital Single Market is one of the European Commission’s key priorities: it aims to tear down regulatory barriers and create a more vibrant, connected and seamless European Digital Market.

Key players of the Madrid ecosystem met to discuss how Madrid Startup House Foundation can help Madrid adjust to Digital Single Market, and become an internationally recognised startup hub

The event was opened by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the Digital Single Market. He explained that Europe is full of creativity, that there are lots of good ideas, but that to scale-up in the European Union is difficult. He said that the Digital Single Market, is needed for everybody and will be really beneficial for startups. VP EC Ansip also highlighted the huge market potential we have in the EU, with 500 million customers, and how mobile applications are an incredible source of jobs which are often undervalued.

The event was chaired by Manuel Gago, Vice-President of the Spanish Confederation of Directors and Executives (Confederación Española de Directivos y Empresarios, ‘CEDE’). Focusing on the city level, Carlos Barrabés (Serial Entrepreneur, Barrabés.com) insisted on the importance of networks by claiming that Madrid Startup House is a really collaborative project, as it can count on the support of the people of Madrid and “it will include us in a greater European network‘.

Victor Teodosio, Co-founder of Madrid Startup House, talks about the origins of the project.

Victor Teodosio, Co-Founder of Madrid Startup House Foundation (Hugin and Munin), introduced the concept of Madrid Startup House by saying that the idea was born through Startup Europe. He said, “Madrid is a city with a lot of activities for startups; there are a lot of resources, but they are widely dispersed. What is needed is a single entry point to connect all players in the ecosystem. The overall goal of Madrid Startup House is to position Madrid as an internationally recognised Digi-Tech and Startup-Friendly city, and connect to other markets such as the rest of Europe, the US and Latin America”.

Asier Basterretxea-Gomez, Co-Founder of Madrid Startup House Foundation (Socios Inversores), went on to explain the long-term goals of Madrid Startup House Foundation. He said, “Our goal is to position Madrid in the top ten digital cities in Europe by 2020, and to be in the top 5 by 2025. We want to inspire: we want to inspire digital talent, inspire people to invest in startups, and most importantly, inspire women and facilitate their route into entrepreneurship”.

Teresa Alarcos, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Madrid startup House Foundation, spoke about potential partnerships and sponsors

Teresa Alarcos, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, concluded the presentation of the initiative with a strong call to action, informing all participants that “We are now creating personalised sponsorship and partnership programmes for those that want to sponsor Madrid Startup House. Partnering with Madrid Startup House Foundation will not only boost your city of Madrid, but it will have a direct, positive impact on you too.

The decision to focus this initiative at a city level was also discussed. Isidro Laso, Head of the Startup Europe initiative at the European Commission, pointed out that, “We know via Startup Europe, that startups are a local phenomenon. It’s not even regional, it’s very local – on a city level”. He said, however, that “even within cities there can be several ecosystems co-existing. The target is to establish in these cities the homogenous structures where they do exist yet. The EU added value is then connecting all of these cities together”.

Asier Basterretxea-Gomez, Co-Founder of Madrid Startup House Foundation, also added that “The principles on which Madrid Startup House is based, its methodology, is such that it can then be transferred to other ecosystems, and become itself a white paper of best practices”.

MSH Management Team: Victor Teodosio, Charlotte Tucker, Francesca Monaco, Asier Basterretxea and Teresa Alarcos.

To find out about how you can become a sponsor of Madrid Startup House, contact the Founders of MSH, or the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees:

Co-Founder of Madrid Startup House:
Victor Teodosio
Victor.Teodosio@madridstartuphouse.com

Co-Founder of Madrid Startup House:
Asier Basterretxea Gómez
asier.basterretxea@madridstartuphouse.com

Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees:
Teresa M. Alarcos Tamayo
teresa.alarcos@madridstartuphouse.com

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Call for startups! ePlus Investment Forum at EBAN Annual Congress, Málaga, Spain!

EBAN is happy to announce that it will host the last ePlus Investment Forum for web entrepreneurs as part of its Annual Congress!

The investment forum will take place on 7th June but all selected entrepreneurs will get a free pass to attend the EBAN Annual Congress on 8th and 9th June.

The EBAN Annual Congress is one of Europe’s largest and most international business angel events held annually by EBAN in cooperation with its best members. After 17 successful editions of the event, the last of which in Eindhoven 2015 and Porto 2016, this year’s edition of the event is coming to Malaga on the 7-9 of June 2017 and will be hosted by the City of Malaga and Promalaga at the grand Palacio de ferias y congresos de Malaga.

The EBAN Annual Congress 2017 will be a spring of new ideas and trends, bringing together the world’s most eminent business angels, entrepreneurs and opinion makers, and enabling networking and dealmaking with experts in the field. We are expecting more than 500 participants from the early stage investing market as well as 100 startups from all over Europe and beyond.

Interested? Apply here before 1st April!
Selection results will be announced by Friday 14th April 2017.

 

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EU eHealth Competition: Get recognized as the best eHealth solution in Europe

Submit your digital health solution to the eHealth Competition before the 6th March. This year we have introduced a new track on Diabetes.

SMEs, get recognition for your eHealth Solution by entering the eHealth Competition!  TICBioMed’s aim is to provide support for SME business success, offering a path to increase visibility and marketing opportunities to attract customers, partners and external capital.

The 6th Edition call for applications will remain open until 6th March. The novelty this year is the launch of a Diabetes track to reward the best solutions for the population management of the disease. 1 in 10 adults will have diabetes by 2040 -642 million- and 12% of global health expenditure is spent on this disease. Let’s give visibility to the solutions that will improve the life quality of diabetes patients.

The eHealth Competition 2017 will be held in partnership with the Health 2.0 and the Healthio Events, taking place at the Fira Barcelona on May 3rd.

Register now!

TWITTER PROFILE: @eHealthCompSME / Hashtag: #eHC2017

TWEETS PROPOSAL:

Get recognized as the best #eHealth brand in Europe! Apply before 6 March. Special focus on diabetes. bit.ly/eHC2017

1 in 10 adults will have diabetes by 2040. @eHealthCompSME rewards best diabetes eHealth solutions. Apply until 6/03 bit.ly/eHC2017

Do you have a solution focused on Diabetes? @eHealthCompSME rewards the best solutions. Apply before the 6th March. bit.ly/eHC2017

 

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Madrid presents new startup initiative with VP for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip

On 6 March 2017, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, and Madrid’s most important financial, tech and startup players will gather for the presentation of the ‘Madrid Startup House’ Foundation

The Digital Single Market is one of the European Union’s key priorities. It aims to tear down regulatory barriers and create a more vibrant, connected and seamless European Digital Market.

But how can Spain, and its capital Madrid, confront the challenge of being part of a truly Digital Single Market?

Madrid is a city buzzing with entrepreneurship activities, both within the public and the private sphere, but often resources, connections and efforts are widely dispersed. What is needed is a single point to unify all activities and players, to strengthen the entrepreneurship scene and give the city’s startup community a platform for international reach to other ecosystems, like the United States.

Madrid Startup House was launched in November 2016 under the umbrella of the Digital Single Market, to do just this. Other platforms like this are foreseen to be created in other cities in Europe, such as Venice in Italy.

This 6 March 2017, Madrid’s most important financial, tech and startup actors will gather with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, as well as Isidro Laso, Head of the European Commission initiative ‘Startup Europe’ , for the presentation of the ‘Madrid Startup House’ Foundation.

Founders Hugin & Munin and Socios Inversores are enthusiastic about the impact that Madrid Startup House Foundation will have on Madrid, and Spain’s, ability to adapt to the Digital Single Market. Victor Teodosio (Hugin & Munin) states “With Madrid Startup House, we hope to provide a platform, under the umbrella of the European Commission, that strengthens the ecosystem as a whole.”

Follow Madrid Startup House on twitter!:
@MadridSHouse
#MadridSHouse

 

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European Commission press release on launch of #SEW17!

Startup Europe Week brings together tech startups in 40 countries

For the second year, Startup Europe Week will bring together tech entrepreneurs in different cities all over Europe.

During this week, 200 events will take place in 40 countries across Europe, including countries such as Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan in addition to the EU Member States. The aim is to inform startups about the available support and resources both at local, regional and EU level.

Startup Europe Week is a grassroots movement promoted by the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. It is part of the Commission’s efforts under the Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies to boost economic growth and create jobs by helping startups. Last year more than 15,000 startups took part in the first Startup Europe Week which reached over 4 million people on social media.

Vice-President Andrus Ansip said: “Europe is home to a vibrant startup scene, but some problems remain, such as linking tech hubs, communities and ecosystems. Bringing them closer together would help to unlock their potential, and offer them some scale to compete in the international marketplace. This is exactly the kind of area where Startup Europe Week can help, especially with the local and regional support networks that it can provide.” The Vice-President’s blog post on the Startup Europe Week is available online. 

For more information:
Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel: +32 2 29 67038
Inga Höglund – Tel: +32 229 50698

Originally published on EC daily news bulletin

 

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SEA2Y – Startup Europe final conference

Startup Europe – Discover it’s impact and learn about future initiatives

Startup Europe is holding its final conference in Belgium in February 2017.

Objectives:

  • Learn about what we know about the European startup ecosystems
  • Discover what we have achieved with Startup Europe projects
  • Understand the progress on startup and scaleup policies
  • Engage with future projects and plans
  • Connect with the Startup Europe network

Programme:
Morning: Startup Europe Data + Impact
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon: Future: Horizon 2020 ICT32 call & Networking

More information: EventBrite

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First ‘Challenge the Car of the Future’ Session

On January 12th 2016, at Lazio Innova, TWIST project partner, the first mentorship session of the ‘Challenge the Car of the Future’ program took place. The program was launched by Lazio Innova and Euro Engineering.

With 59 offices in Europe, Euro Engineering operates as an international engineering company for worldwide clients. As a strategic partner, Euro Engineering offers global project support while guaranteeing a consistent level of service.

Six startups are participating to the mentorship program for the development of solutions for automotive sector that will be proposed by Euro Engineering to European clients. The winner of the challenge will be announced during the Startup Europe Week.

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